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ARTIST
TITLE
The Monstrous Surplus
FORMAT
LP

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KK 049LP KK 049LP
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RELEASE DATE
12/4/2007

LP version. This is the fifth full-length release by Marcus Schmickler aka Pluramon. The Monstrous Surplus bears three different vocalists and as many narrative voices. The songs do not simply present a singer or songwriter self: they push the envelope of what it means to tell a story. Completely contemporary, yet unabashedly diving into moods, the album succeeds in capturing the fragmented, yet sophisticated soul of urban life: "Can't Disappear" is a story about a secret threesome relationship, "Fresh Aufhebung" is a spoken pamphlet for a break-up and "If Time Was On My Side" is a melancholic story about bad timing with love. Listeners of the previous albums will recognize a style that remains dreamy and atmospheric with pop songs that are sometimes laid-back yet melancholic, even enigmatic, at other times dramatic and intense. Featuring appearances by Julia Hummer, Julee Cruise & Jutta Koether. The fourth vocalist is Marcus himself on one song as well as background on other songs. Also responsible for the production, Marcus Schmickler is well-known in a lot of different contexts related to electronic music, let it be beat-oriented, improvised music or classical music.